Romania rewards the most active GOW17 partners!

GOW17 was the eighth time Fundația EOS organised the Get Online Week digital inclusion campaign in Romania, known locally as Hai pe Net! Year over year, more and more partners (school, libraries, NGOs, universities and individuals) hoined this unique campaign to raise awareness about the importance of digital skills for Romania's citizens. This campaign is of utmost importance, since, according to the DESI 2017 statistics, Romania is ranked last inthe EU 28 member states in terms of digital skills.

In order to motivate partners to reach far and make their message heard loud and clear, a number of digital inclusion awards were announced today to celebrate the success and involvement of the most active partners. A total of 9 prizes were presented in 7 categories:  

1. First click category

  • Best (most representative) photo: Biblioteca Municipală Medgidia Filiala Nord
  • Best video material: Liceul Teoretic Teiuș, Jud. Alba


2. Youth employability

  • Best use of Colegiul Tehnic George Barițiu Baia Mare
  • Best use of Colegiul Tehnic "Latcu Voda " Siret

3. Digital competences? No problem

Most practice tests used by a school to determine the level of basic IT skills of high-school students:

Colegiul Național "Avram Iancu" Brad, jud. Hunedoara

4. Online professional development course for teachers

Teachers who achieved most badges and certificates on the Microsoft Educator Community portal:

  • Marius Pintea - Liceul Teoretic Teiuș, Alba
  • Florin Pop - Colegiul Tehnic George Barițiu Baia Mare

5. Best audio-video material

Școala Sfântul Vasile Ploiești

6. Promoting web-accessibility

Asociația pentru Integrarea Persoanelor cu Deficiențe

7. Promoting new media through impactful infographics

Colegiul Național Horea, Cloșca și Crișan, Alba-Iulia


The partners who have worked most intensely to promote digital inclusion will be rewarded with prizes ranging from tablets to printers, monitors, cameras and video-cameras. These small pieces of equipment will no doubt help them plan an even more vigorous Get Oline Week campaign during 2018.

Last, but not least, Romania has finished Get Online Week through a major event: the national finals of the Microsoft Office World Championship. It was held at the Microsoft headquarters and was attended by 30 finalist students and many invites, inclusing Gabriela Matei, General Manager ofMicrosoft Romania and Liviu Ispas, Secretary of State, Ministry of National Education. Also, the Ministry of Communications and Information Society was represented through Mr. Gheorghe Sârbu, Counsellor to the Minister.

Durign this event, students sat a Microsoft Office Specialist exam and the highest score was achieved by Tiberiu Danciu, a student from Grigore Moisil High School in Bucharest. Tibi will be representing Romania at the Microsoft Office World Championship which will be held in Anaheim California on 1 August 2017.

Get Online Week was as always a great, many-faceted campaign - we hope it has taught, inspired and enthused thousands of Romanians to take the next step towards a better digital future!

Already looking forward to Get Online Week 2018!

by Gabriela Barna, EOS Romania

Country: Europe
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